Pema Rigdzin wrote:
Since Some of Vajrayana practices can seems illogical in the beginning, the component of faith is extremely important. This faith should come from the solid understanding of Mahayana, and or Pali tradition.
I have come across people start with Vajrayana and at the end, they condemn it. The problem is the foundation of Mahayana is not strong.
So if I can suggest, you should study Lamrim Or Lamdre as the backbone of your stability ad faith.
Though this won't be true for everyone, I think it is nonetheless very true for a great many people. Abidharma is also very important to get a grasp of.
Agree. As with everything, people should know what they are doing, so they should research what's Vajrayana and tantric methods all about. The hows and whys of the things they'll hear and practice. If they solidify their intellectual knowledge, then it's more likely that practice will bring insight. If they don't, the result varies.They may get lucky and progress or things may become problematic- for a myriad of motives usually quite mundane and "ego-related", ours or not- at some point and due to a lot of reasons, most being misunderstandings, all may crumble in a nasty way.
Some people can arise great faith out of thin air (good karma) while others are pestered with nagging doubts (good karma or bad karma, since great doubts also may bring great realizations).
As a general advice, it's always best to hit the books and ask questions to lamas and senior students. However, there's no on-fits-all recipe. Some people are driven by faith alone and manage, but I suspect these are rarer.